"MANY HAVE BEEN CALLED, FEW HAVE BEEN CHOSEN"
Although there is a lot to be learned from traditional/indigenous shamanic practices, it is important to realise and accept that we cannot go back in time and exist as our ancestors. So many things have changed ranging from the Industrial Age, the Advancement of Civilisation and the installation of Orthodox Religious practices into society on a broad level.
Shamanism may be in danger of becoming somewhat warped due to these changes. In Western Society we have become so separated from the original life force or spirit that people do not grasp the depth of practice and understanding that is necessary to follow a shamanic path. People feel that if they go to a workshop they can leave having become instant shamans or can integrate shamanic techniques into their therapeutic training without proper understanding of those techniques. You won't leave a workshop as a shaman. What we are trying to do is connect, to develop a spiritual practice that is shamanic in its nature and can bring us to a closer understanding of the nature of Spirit and our connection to it. A firm spiritual grounding is vital as is an acknowledgement of the responsibility that comes with the knowledge.
The Prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle
Note:The Elders of this continent remember and talk about a prophecy that foretold how we will come together and reunite as one. We are like a body that was broken into pieces and this body will come back together to be whole again. They speak about this in the South, Center and North. Our Elders tell us that we will unite and get our strength back like many arrows that will not be broken. They remember the history to keep the fire alive. We have to come together to be one, to have complete innerstanding.
WHAT IS A SHAMAN?
The practice of shamanism is derived from ancient teachings and is practised throughout the five continents of the planet. Although ancient, (it is estimated that shamanism may have originated over 10,000 years ago) its practice is also contemporary, surviving in areas such as Tibet, North & South America and within various African tribes. Shamanism is used to restore balance and healing to both people and the planet we live in. The practice of shamanism involves shamanic practitioners making journeys or soul-flights to other realities in order to bring back advice, help or soul-parts for the individual/community. As such, the practitioner acts as a medium through which help is channelled.
Shamanism has existed since the beginning of time on every continent of the planet. A shaman/shamanka (feminine) is an individual that can alter his/her state of consciousness and travel at will between this world and otherworlds to find healing, guidance and knowledge for themselves, the community and the environment.
Shamanism makes use of energy and power and the guidance/help of Spirit and otherworldly beings. In one respect, Shamanism differs from other magical and visionary techniques in that part of the shaman's soul makes a spiritual journey/flight between the worlds. Methods of mediumship, divination etc. may contain elements of shamanism, however they are not actually shamanism unless the soul flight takes place.
Aspects of shamanic practice developed according to the way of life of the various races of people, ie. nomadic, hunting, settled etc. In Irish society, as in other "Celtic" societies, shamanism was practiced. However, the role became somewhat fragmented upon various people such as the filidh, healers, the brehon and priests. On the whole, the essential component of shamanism was lost, although certain families retained knowledge and teachings which were held and guarded. Practices such as spiritual healing, poetic invocation, second sight and communication with otherworldly beings have been maintained.
CORE ASPECTS OF A SHAMAN
THE SHAMAN'S COSMOS
In Celtic society the shaman's cosmos may be divided into three levels/tiers: The Upper, Middle and Lower Worlds. These worlds may be accessed through the Tree of Life, or the Great Tree as it is otherwise known. If we view the Tree as being the central pole, the centre and core of the cosmos, and the shaman with sitting with her back to the tree, then it follows on that the shaman is at the centre. Each individual, in fact, is at the centre of their universe, their cosmos. From this point the directions stretch out in eight cardinal points (N,S,W,E,NW,NE,SW,SE) and form the sacred wheel or circle. The circle has long been of importance to the Celts and the Irish, enclosing within it the cross which indicates the four sacred directions (NSWE). When working in a spiritual way, the creation of a circle helps to focus the mind and the spirit of the individual, enabling them to work in a deeper and stronger way. It defines the boundary between the mundane world and the spiritual world, in that the shaman 'leaves outside the circle' that which is not necessary for the work; namely, worries, problems etc. It creates a sacred space within which the shaman is protected. It also acts as a magnifier, as the energy moves to the outer limits of the circle, so does it return back to the shaman, multiplied and stronger.
Within Irish tradition these realms are linked, encapsulated within the shell of a hazelnut which stands on the lip of the Well of Segais - from this well the seven rivers of life are said to stream forth, and from it, all knowledge is derived.
Although at times the discussion of the sacred wheel or circle may seem vague or theoretical its incorporation into everyday life is vital. We are all at the centre of the universe, all life moves around and within us, while at the same time we are only one thread in a whole tapestry of life. It is for this reason that grounding is so vital when working with shamanism, being firmly rooted. Work with the four elements of life (earth, air, fire and water) is extremely beneficial and is, in one sense, intrinsic to the practice of shamanism. The relationship, both physical and spiritual, which we maintain with the elements, what lessons may be learned etc., this all leads us towards a deeper understanding of our physical selves and our spiritual role in life, albeit constantly transforming as we change and grow.
Animals have played a tremendous role in the life of humans throughout time, whether it be in terms of physical need ie. food, clothing or companionship or transportation. On a psychic level they have also had a huge impact. They live naturally and spontaneously, never having separated from their innate nature. There is an almost unspoken recognition that they have long been here before us.
When we speak of power animals, we are not speaking about physical strength/size but inherent spiritual power which is derived from knowledge, wisdom and understanding. A shaman would understand that an animal would seek out a particular person if there is a mutual lesson/need which may be served, they may offer each other support through the various realms of existence. A power animal guards our power and resonates to our own distinct nature/energy vibration. They are the guardians of human memory, inheritors of wisdom and teachers in their own right.
THE WISDOM OF THE SHAMAN
"READ FROM LEFT TO RIGHT AND MOVE DOWN TO THE NEXT EXCERPT"
AYAHUASCA AND HEALTH PRECAUTIONS
GUIDELINES FOR THE SHAMAN PATH
REQUIREMENTS OF PLANT DIET
THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE; ONE MUST BE VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THE PATH OF THE SHAMAN
SHAMANIC PLANT DIET AND AYAHUASCA
THE TRADITIONAL APPRENTICESHIP
SHAMANIC PLANT MEDICINE TRAINING AND ANITIATION
"Sage, Tabacco and Cedar leafs are also used to purify the body from dark energies, while the shaman brushes feathers around individuals in a specific way removing the energy from the victim" - (Icaro's) Medicinal melodies are played through whistle or a harmonica (harps) luring the entity out of the body.
"HUMILITY IS THE TRUE GUIDE IN INNERSTANDING THE WAY"
FOOD ALLOWED AND FOOD RESTRICTION THROUGH OUT THE DIET
THE PLANT DIET RETREAT
"THIS IS NOT WITH THE RESISTANCE"
THIS POST IS ONLY FOR "KNOW HOW" USE ONLY
List of Plant Teachers One May Diet With
Click the Link:This is how Grandfather Peyote came to the Indian people.
WHAT ARE ICAROS?
"The Shamans of the Amazon, exhibit a close union with the Natural World. This powerful emotional and spiritual bond, enables them to commune with the powers of the Rainforest. Singing the chants or Icaros, is a way that this bond is expressed, and the Rainforest responds."
I mentioned earlier that the spirits of the plants teach the initiate certain magic songs or melodies called icaros. Their role is extremely important, to the point that the number and quality of a shaman's icaros is the best expression of his knowledge and power. In fact, when being initiated, the first thing that must be learned is these icaros, which are highly individualistic, a particular gift of the spirits, although it must be noted that sometimes a teacher can transmit an icaro to his pupil.
The icaros have a wide variety of functions. There are icaros for increasing or decreasing the strength of the hallucinations. For calling defenders or arhena, for curing specific illnesses, for reinforcing the effect of medicinal plants, for attracting the love of a woman (huarmi icaro), for calling the spirits of dead shamans, for causing rain, wind or thunder, for bewitching, for hunting or fishing certain animals, for curing snake bites, for protecting oneself before sexual intercourse, etc.
I would just like to end this with these few words. "The world is our Altar" it is time we connect with each other with humility and compassion from the heart. In the altar is where the mystery is at, our sacred "Inner Knowing" of self, life and our purpose in it. We must heal our selves and each other through the efforts of community and unity as a whole. Our differences are our strength only if we can see pass our dualistic judgement of self because at the end (which is only the beginning) we are "ONE". A divine spark of life exist in all of us once one is bare naked (what shamans call the "THE TRANSFORMATION") in the soil in which this fleshly body came, it is then we see how perfect it all is, inside the imperfection. Let's embrace one another and not steer each other in our own direction but share our vision and essences to have a better Innerstanding of SELF! So we can all bask in the energy we all bring to the Breath of life and love one another for what we are is a pure force of compassion of oneness. We can and we WILL come together even if it takes a dramatic event so all can see we are not that difference because we all share the burden of our doing as a whole.
May these word find a place in the depths of your soul and emerge with great knowing of self.
Again thank you for being you and sharing your essence with me I LOVE you all for i am a mere reflection and echo of the UNIVERSE.
"To all the Youth of the World so you may see the Path to Ascen-Sion." - THE MOST HIGH
Mensaje de la selba:
"Curremos Nuestra Alma"
(Heal your Soul)
Aho Mitakuye Oyasin! YEE!